Mutual Aid Groups for Grieving Parents

by John J. Beggs III, MSW RCSWI, Olga Molina, DSW LCSW, and George A. Jacinto, PhD LCSW PLLC

Abstract: When the death of an infant occurs, it is important to understand the trauma that is experienced by the parents. Childbirth educators are important partners in assisting grieving parents. This article provides an understanding of the importance of social support for mothers and fathers, offers suggestions on developing a holistic approach to assisting grieving parents, and suggests types of mutual aid groups that offer both social support and healing.

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